Many will be reminded of the family, friends, food and fireworks they missed out on a year ago, but plenty of July 4 celebrations could also include an overabundance of single-use plastics.
Between decorations, plates, silverware, table settings and other pre-packaged items, a Fourth of July party can contribute to growing global plastic pollution. The United Nations Environment Programme has estimated that only 9% of the world’s plastic is properly recycled.
"It can really add up," Lauren Olson, Zero Waste Manager for World Centric, said of single-use plastics during July 4 celebrations during a Friday interview with KCBS Radio’s Eric Thomas.
So, how can you reduce plastic waste, and even your carbon footprint, for an environmentally friendly Fourth of July party? Olson offered a handful of tips to consider when you plan:
1. Purchase local, organic food rather than options that traveled long d